Olga Tokarczuk

Olga Tokarczuk (1962) is one of the most successful Polish novelists, and a writer of essays, film scripts and poetry. After studying psychology at Warsaw University and working as a therapist she turned to full-time writing and has since received numerous awards, including the Polish Publishers’’ Prize, the “‘Passport” of the journal Polityka and the Bridges of Berlin Prize in Germany. In 2008, following several nominations and four readers’’ awards she was finally awarded Poland’’s most prestigious literary prize, the Nike. She lives in Silesia and since 2004 has organized a Short Story festival in Wrocław and Jelenia Góra. Her books have been translated into many languages including English (House of Day, House of Night, 2004; Primeval and Other Times, 2010), German, French, Spanish, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Czech, Slovak, Danish, Estonian, Serbian, Swedish and Italian and several of her works have been adapted for the stage and cinema. Her moral thriller Prowadź swój pług przez kości umarłych (“Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead”) appeared in 2009. Since then she wrote Moment niedźwiedzia (The Moment of the Bear) and Księgi Jakubowe (Jacob’s Scriptures) in 2012 and 2014, respectively.

Travel Files

Homo sapiens non urinat in ventum I went for a walk in Amsterdam with a German friend of mine. In the De Balie quarter we came across a sort of classicistic arcade attached to the typical seventeenth century architecture.  The arch bore the following words, engraved in a beautiful font: Homo sapiens non urinat in ventum, which translates as follows: a sensible man does not pee against the wind.  We stood there stunned by this slogan above our heads.  My friend commented that had this arch been built in Germany it would most certainly have been adorned by a quote […]